BBC to air classic final, most dramatic Celtic moment in a generation

By Euan Davidson

May 21, 2021

BBC Scotland have been airing ‘Scottish Cup Classics’, a trip down memory lane for supporters across the country, Celtic or otherwise.

It’s been a pretty fun, nostalgic look back through the annals of the Cup’s history, including Motherwell v Dundee United in 1991. Other classics, like Falkirk v Inverness, Hearts v Gretna and – hilariously – Hibs v Rangers in 2016 are also scheduled [BBC]. And why not, too? Far too often, we overlook having the oldest cup competition in football.

However, from a Celtic perspective, they’re playing the best one tonight. All we have to write here is the name Tom Rogic and you know exactly what afternoon we mean.

Yes, May 2017. A horrible, rainy day in Glasgow sees the Bhoys take on a very decent Aberdeen side [Sky Sports]. Future Hoops winger Johnny Hayes opened the scoring, before Stuart Armstrong levelled almost instantly. But if you thought Celtic would command proceedings from there, you’d be wrong.

In a topsy-turvy affair, the two sides needed extra time to split the difference. However, when that winner came, it couldn’t have been planned any better. Rogic, taking the ball in the Aberdeen half, went on a mazy run, beat the despairing Aberdeen defenders and slotted home. Lightning struck at the exact moment it went in. The noise in Hampden was incomparable, the relief incalculable and the result historic.

Tom Rogic on the cusp of making history / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A great memory for Celtic supporters, via the BBC

Needless to say, it’s a game that’s carved into the memories of supporters everywhere. Tom Rogic, as much as he’s struggled this season, will never have to buy a pint in the East End of Glasgow for the rest of his life. The Australian, who had conjured up magical moments during the perfect 16-17 season, stretched every sinew and every remaining grain of energy left in his legs.

The images from that day are iconic. Craig Gordon collapsing with delight as Celtic supporters go tonto in the background. Tom Rogic pulling at his shirt, sprinting towards the Hoops faithful. Kieran Tierney running up the Hampden stairs to collect his medal, having just received emergency dental work.

After a season like this, it’s only natural to want to relive some classic memories. Just as long as you’re not on the Celtic board, and you’re hiring people based on sentimentality, it’s completely allowed.

Get it watched. It’ll make you feel better.

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